Canal Building has grand opening

Ian Kennedy, the senior project manager on the Canal Building, is pictured with the foyer in the background. (James Park Photo)

What’s green, six-storeys and faces the Rideau Canal? The Canal Building, of course.

With its grand opening in January, the Canal Building became the first major construction project completed at a Canadian university supported by the recent federal and provincial stimulus funding program (Knowledge Infrastructure Program).

The 100,000-square-foot building will house programs in biomedical, sustainable energy, environmental and aerospace engineering.

“This is the first ‘smart’ building we have on Carleton’s campus,” says Ian Kennedy, the senior project manager. “This has the capacity to run very, very efficiently.”

He points to the fact that the building has received a five out of five Green Globes rating – a revolutionary building environmental design and management tool which delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management.

Its cutting-edge sustainable design includes a “green” roof which currently houses 12 different varieties of plants. It will help absorb heat and water. And the unique sawtooth-shaped panels on the side of the building will help absorb the heat load, he says.

There will also be a recycling and composting pilot project running out the Canal Building, which will also have its own “green team.”

“It’s a very exciting project,” adds Kennedy.

These features will actually become part of the research conducted in the building, where students will be piloting and assessing green building standards.

The Canal Building is one-half of Carleton’s extensive Waterfront Project. The federal and provincial governments invested $52.5 million in the two buildings, the single largest capital investment in Carleton’s history.

“We applaud our government and corporate partners and thank them for their critical investment in the future of our university and our students,” said Gisèle Samson-Verreault, chair of Carleton’s Board of Governors, at the opening.

“These new buildings support our efforts to foster innovation in teaching and research with exciting new multidisciplinary programs like our new Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability.”

The ceremony was attended by federal Government House Leader John Baird and Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, among other politicians and dignitaries.

Ground was broken on the Canal Building in June 2009. The design and construction have been a joint venture of two companies – Carleton graduates Jason Moriyama and Ajon Moriyama of Moriyama and Teshima Architects, and Alexander Rankin and Alex Leung of GRC Architects

The building will expand Carleton’s research activities in the areas of health and sustainability and the environment.

Another ambitious project, the River Building, will open this fall. The 140,000-square-foot building will be home to the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, the School of Journalism and Communication and the School of Public Policy and Administration.

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